Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Blacksmith 

Troublemakers trick an immigrant blacksmith into leaving his house on his wedding night, then burn it down.



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Episode cast overview:
Emil Wohlheter
Anna-Lisa ...
Gretchen Mueller
Gil Tolman (as Bob Anderson)
Herbert Patterson ...
Spooner (as Herb Patterson)


Troublemakers trick an immigrant blacksmith into leaving his house on his wedding night, then burn it down.

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Release Date:

17 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kitty Russell: [Doc is buying drinks for a couple going to marry] Well Doc, if this is what it takes to get you to spend some money I'm gonna start promoting some more marriages around this town.
Doc: Well sure I'm in favor of that. Why... Why don't you start with Chester there? He's ready. He's over ripe.
Chester Goode: That's better than being all pruned up like some people I know.
Kitty Russell: Laughing
Chester Goode: Oh, don't laugh at him.
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George Kennedy shines in this 'near-poetic' episode
18 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was not the most exciting story nor did much of the dialog make good sense but it was a tale that everyone will enjoy when a man stands up for the person he loves. No one can be dissatisfied with that type of plot.

George Kennedy plays a German immigrant and local blacksmith, Emil Wolheter, that is being harassed by a local brute named Tolman and his two sidekick friends. When Emil answers a letter from a German woman, Gretchen, asking to marry a Germanic man, the harassment gets stronger when Gretchen arrives in Dodge. During the wedding reception Emil has to physically taking Tolman to task when he wants to dance with Gretchen. So now Tolman is looking for revenge.

One evening Emil, thinking someone is in need of his service, leaves his house to help a stranded family. But this was a rouge to get Emil away as Tolman and his friends set fire to his just completed house. Now Emil is hot. It is not about him anymore but when they tried to hurt Gretchen, Emil will dish out some German justice on the three amigos.

Even with the odd way that Marshal Dillon handled the situation and the poor choreographed fight scene, the story was still so well acted that it will please about everyone. Add in some funny lines from Chester and Doc and the episode was entertaining in many ways. Good watch.

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